VPC6-DCV Requirements

sacredboysacredboy Posts: 293Member
Hi guys,Below is the path for those who are new to VMware Virtualization Technology.



Path 1: If You are new to VMware Data Center Virtualization technology


1: Gain experience with vSphere 6 (minimum 6 months recommended).


2: Attend one of the required training courses.


See Course List


3: Complete the vSphere 6 Foundations Exam


vSphere 6 Foundations Exam
Single and Multiple Choice, Non-Proctored
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4: Complete the VMware Certified Professional 6 – Data Center Virtualization Exam


VMware Certified Professional 6 – Data Center Virtualization Exam
Single and Multiple Choice, Proctored
Request Exam Authorization



In regards to point #2 does it mean that if I don't attend one of the required training courses I won't be eligible to take 2V0-621 exam for VCP6-DCV certification? Thanks.
Best, sacredboy!

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  • scott28ttscott28tt Posts: 651Member ■■■■□□□□□□
    You could still do the exams, but no - you won't get the certification. All VCPs have a "hard" training requirement.

    The training is available via commercial training companies (VATCs), and some educational establishments (VITAs) - with a VATC you'll do the training within 1 week, with a VITA it will take usually 8+ weeks and you'll pay for the training yourself.

    Probably the most popular VITA on here is Stanly CC - they offer the training online - have a browse/search through other posts in this board.
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  • sacredboysacredboy Posts: 293Member
    Hi scott28tt,

    Thank you for your reply. Just one question. As I understand I am required to attend one of the courses below

    vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage [V6]
    vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage [V6] On Demand
    vSphere: Optimize & Scale [V6]
    vSphere: Optimize and Scale [V6] On Demand
    VMware vSphere: Bootcamp [V6]
    VMware vSphere: Fast Track [V6]
    VMware vSphere: Design and Deploy Fast Track [V6]
    VMware vSphere: Troubleshooting [V6]
    VMware vSphere: Install, Configure and Manage plus Optimize and Scale Fast Track [V6.0]
    VMware vSphere: Optimize and Scale plus Troubleshooting Fast Track [V6.0]

    There are so many options, so, how will i know which one is suitable for me? Does it matter which country I attend one of those courses in?
    Best, sacredboy!
  • scott28ttscott28tt Posts: 651Member ■■■■□□□□□□
    The country does not matter.

    Which course is the best one for you? Depends on your existing knowledge, and what you want to learn - a course aligned closer to the exams, or more specific product knowledge.

    VITAs will only offer the ICM, and possibly O&S - whereas VATCs should have the full range of courses.

    For exam alignment, ICM is recommended for vSphere Foundations, and O&S is recommended for the VCP6-DCV exam.

    Each course page has an outline of what's covered, and any pre-requisites.
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  • sacredboysacredboy Posts: 293Member
    So, it seems that studying at VATC is more advantageous than in VITA, or it doesn't matter? Also, could you please explain in more detail the process of getting VCP6-DCV certified. For example, let's imagine I succesuflly atttended one of requied training courses. How VMware certification system will know that I finished the courses and hence eligible for certification provided I pass the 2V0-621 exam? Will there any record about it?
    Best, sacredboy!
  • scott28ttscott28tt Posts: 651Member ■■■■□□□□□□
    VITAs have a definite advantage over VATCs when it comes to price, and some people prefer the more gradual learning that a VITA class gives you rather than 5 intensive days.

    The "process" for you is just as you posted at the top - take the training, pass the exams.

    How VMware recognise you did your training is something else that's different between a VITA and a VATC. VITAs issue you a special type of exam voucher when you finish your course, so you'll take what's called the "PSE" versions of the exams - whereas VATCs have a registration process with VMware for their classes. But that's taken care of for you, whichever type of training institute you use, so don't worry about that.
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  • sacredboysacredboy Posts: 293Member
    scott28tt, many thanks for your comprehensive answers.

    Just the last question (at least for today :)). I have no hands-on experience with vSphere technology in production environment. Just have been playing around for one month with this product in VMware Workstation. is there any sense for me to enroll the course for VCP6-DCV training?
    Best, sacredboy!
  • scott28ttscott28tt Posts: 651Member ■■■■□□□□□□
    I would recommend taking some of the vSphere HOLs: VMware Learning Platform

    If the system you're running Workstation on has enough RAM, build out a vSphere lab in a bunch of VMs and start to play with the things covered on the ICM class.
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  • DPGDPG Posts: 780Member
    I think you can still become a VCP6-DCV without training by first obtaining the VCP6-NV which allows a waiver for the class requirement with your CCNA.

    CCNA --> VCP6 Foundations Exam --> VCP6-NV exam --> VCP6-DCV exam.

  • sacredboysacredboy Posts: 293Member
    Hey DPG,

    Thanks a lot for this info.
    Best, sacredboy!
  • scott28ttscott28tt Posts: 651Member ■■■■□□□□□□
    Aha, I didn't see you were a CCNA.

    So yes, you have the option to bypass the class requirement for VCP6-NV.

    Sounds like you'll have plenty of learning to do regardless, good luck icon_smile.gif
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  • sacredboysacredboy Posts: 293Member
    Hi guys,

    I am a little bit confused with VPC6-DCV exam and hop you are able to clarify it. What exactly exam is required to be taken 2v0-621 or 2v0-621d? And what is the difference between VMware Certified Professional 6 – Data Center Virtualization Delta Exam and VMware Certified Professional 6 – Data Center Virtualization Exam

    Thank you.
    Best, sacredboy!
  • scott28ttscott28tt Posts: 651Member ■■■■□□□□□□
    621 is the VCP6-DCV exam, and 621 is the VCP6-DCV delta exam.

    621D is only for VCP5-DCV holders who want to update to VCP6-DCV (and renew their VCP5-DCV).

    621D has fewer questions, and has questions on things that have changed from vSphere 5 to vSphere 6.
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  • sacredboysacredboy Posts: 293Member
    Hi scott28tt,

    Many thanks for your explanation. So, as long as I am a novice in VMware certification then I have to take VCP6-DCV (not delta) exam. Is that correct?
    Best, sacredboy!
  • scott28ttscott28tt Posts: 651Member ■■■■□□□□□□
    sacredboy wrote: »
    Hi scott28tt,

    Many thanks for your explanation. So, as long as I am a novice in VMware certification then I have to take VCP6-DCV (not delta) exam. Is that correct?
    Correct, as I mentioned 621D is ONLY for VCP5-DCV holders.

    Look through all the requirements paths on the VCP6-DCV page, and the only path that includes the delta exam is the "current VCP5-DCV holder" path - all the other paths refer to the regular 621 exam.

    https://mylearn.vmware.com/mgrReg/plan.cfm?plan=64178&ui=www_cert
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  • STANLY_CCSTANLY_CC Posts: 308Member ■□□□□□□□□□
    Stanly Community College is an authorized VMware IT Academy, and the course we offer meets the education portion of the VM certification. However, we can offer the VMware course only to individuals and not as part of corporate training. Additionally, this course is designed for students who have not yet taken the VCP exam. Students who have already passed the exam would still have to retake the exam using the voucher given at the end of the course in order to receive full VMware VCP certification. We offer both ICM & OS, as well as prep course for those who need a little extra help preparing for the exam.

    We enroll students in the VMware courses in the order in which they registered on our online wait list. If you have not added your information to this list please do so at https://vmware.stanly.edu/waitlist.php. We apologize for any delay, but as you can imagine these classes are extremely popular. We make every effort to accommodate all students in a timely manner.

    At this time, due to evolving changes in higher education regulations, SCC is unable to serve all of the students that are interested in our courses or programs. SCC will no longer be able to offer distance education online programs or courses for students residing in Alaska, Arkansas, Idaho, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Wyoming, and Puerto Rico.

    If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact me. You can also visit our VMware page on our SCC website https://www.stanly.edu/future-students/continuing-education/technology-courses/vmware-vsphere-install-configure-manage.

    You can private message me here or send an email to [email protected].
  • arastogi2004arastogi2004 Posts: 2Registered Users ■□□□□□□□□□
    Hi I have just now passed the VCP6-DCV exam, but anyhow didn't attended the official class from VMWARE. If in case, now I attend the official class for VCP6-DCV, can I get the certification.
    I have passed the exam on 16th Jan, 2017 and once I asked the vmware team to share the certificate, they asked me for the Class ID, and with this query I went to my trainer, then he said I need to attend the Official class from vmware. Now I in doubt if I do attend the class after I have passed the exam, will I be able to get the certificate?

    Please to help me out and guide.

    Many Thanks!!!
  • arastogi2004arastogi2004 Posts: 2Registered Users ■□□□□□□□□□
    Hi Scott28tt,
    Greetings of the Day!

    If you can please guide and suggest for my above mentioned query/ doubt. That will be great enough!

    Thanks & regards//
  • scott28ttscott28tt Posts: 651Member ■■■■□□□□□□
    I replied to the email you sent me.

    You have currently met 1 of the 3 requirements - you'll also need to pass the vSphere Foundations exam, and take authorised training - but can meet the 3 requirements in any order.
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  • sacredboysacredboy Posts: 293Member
    Guys, can anyone give some clue as to the possible VCP6-DCV expiration year.
    Can take me around 6 months so I'm just wondering if it worth to start (continue to be more precise :)) or should I aim to VCP6.5-DCV?
    Best, sacredboy!
  • srocky26srocky26 Posts: 38Member ■■□□□□□□□□
    sacredboy wrote: »
    Guys, can anyone give some clue as to the possible VCP6-DCV expiration year.
    Can take me around 6 months so I'm just wondering if it worth to start (continue to be more precise :)) or should I aim to VCP6.5-DCV?
    2 years
  • scott28ttscott28tt Posts: 651Member ■■■■□□□□□□
    I think vSphere will get to v7 before the VCP6-DCV exams retire - that's based on the past, nothing more.

    But, if I was starting now, and had the choice between VCP6-DCV and VCP6.5-DCV - I'd rather have the latter on my CV.
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  • sacredboysacredboy Posts: 293Member
    Hi guys,

    Just curious how long a VMware Pofessional-level (in my case VCP6-DCV) certification is valid.
    Best, sacredboy!
  • scott28ttscott28tt Posts: 651Member ■■■■□□□□□□
    Given that you've already asked about about expiry/recertification, what do you mean by "valid"??
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  • sacredboysacredboy Posts: 293Member
    scott28tt wrote: »
    Given that you've already asked about about expiry/recertification, what do you mean by "valid"??
    Hi scott28tt,

    As you know (I think you know :)) that Cisco Associate-level and Professional-level certifications are valid for three years.
    If one doesn't recertify, the certification expires and becomes invalid.
    Does VMware certification policy have something similar for Professional-level certifications?
    Best, sacredboy!
  • scott28ttscott28tt Posts: 651Member ■■■■□□□□□□
    VCPs expire after 2 years unless recertified.

    Learn more here: https://mylearn.vmware.com/mgrReg/plan.cfm?plan=49318&ui=www_cert
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  • SneakywafflesSneakywaffles Posts: 4Registered Users ■□□□□□□□□□
    Is the Foundation exam a requirement?
  • duta74duta74 Posts: 143Member
    Is the Foundation exam a requirement?
    Yes, Foundations exam is required for all VCP-xxx certifcations
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